Cllr James Charity has received confirmation that 1,654 houses in Annaghdown/Corrandulla which are serviced on the Corrandulla exchange will benefit from the fibre optic deployment programme underway and all are included in the first 100,000 premises to be completed by Eir in provision of its Fibre to the Home technology (300,000 are earmarked nationally ).
All work locally is due to be completed by the end of summer 2018 at the latest and the network will deliver speeds up to 1GBs.
Any home or business that is located on these service routes, with access to their property from the road, will be included in the fibre rollout.
Homes and businesses outside of the deployment will require the support of the Government intervention scheme in order to be upgraded to fibre.
Under that plan, the Government is to intervene in non-commercial areas of the market to ensure through State subsidy that all premises in the country will receive high-speed broadband regardless of location.
Cllr Charity said: “It is a welcome development to finally have a timeline for delivery of fibre optic broadband to the locality. In this day and age, it is absolutely essential for communities like Annaghdown/Corrandulla that adequate broadband services are available in the area.
“I have been directly told by business owners over the last two years that the locality has lost out on employment opportunities and investment to urban centres because of the lack of high speed broadband facilities in the area and this timeline now sends a very clear message, not only in improving amenities for local residents, but in making clear that Annaghdown and Corrandulla are open for all business and that our central location between Galway, Castlebar, and Sligo, as well as our close access to new and existing motorway infrastructure, makes the area an ideal base for investment.”